Public split over Grant Creek housing proposal

Bret Anne Serbin

A large housing proposal in Grant Creek divided public commenters during a Missoula City Council hearing Monday night.

Unlike previous discussions of Grant Creek Village, which were largely dominated by those in opposition to the project, Monday’s session was fairly evenly split between supporters and opponents of the proposal. Debate swung back and forth on the impact it could have on affordable housing in the area.

The request before council comes from KJA Development, which seeks to rezone 44 acres along Expo Parkway for higher density and increased building heights. The rezone would clear the way for 700 dwelling units on the property, instead of the 502 units allowed under the current zoning.

Those in favor of the proposal touted the increase in housing stock it would bring to the city.

“I’m so excited for this as an opportunity to say ‘yes’ to more housing,” said Missoula resident Maggie Bornstein.

The opposition, meanwhile, raised issues related to fire, traffic and higher density in the neighborhood. Those concerns originally doomed a similar proposal from the same developer in 2020.

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